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The United Nations has designated June 11 as the International Day of Play!

International Day of Play
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97% of us believe play is important yet one in three of us do not have the time to play.

Play is the foundation for Play Therapy and Therapeutic Play and we know all of the benefits of play in daily life. IC-PTA invites you to share that the United Nations has designated June 11 as the International Day of Play!


Play needs to be preserved and protected to grow the next generation because:


  • Play supports physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development.

  • It emphasizes the importance of emotional health and well-being.

  • Play fosters positive emotions, counteracting increasing rates of anxiety and depression.

  • It improves a child's quality of life, mental health, and cognitive abilities.

  • Play development progresses from simple to complex activities e.g. pretend play helps foster problem-solving skills, creativity, and counterfactual thinking.


Research on the value of play:


  • Research over decades highlights the critical role of play in human development.

  • Rich childhood play contributes to better adaptability and stress coping skills in adulthood.

  • Play has positive impacts on individuals, families, communities, and globally.


We thank Judi Parson of Deakin University and a representative of APPTA to the Board of Directors for preparing this information.

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